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Interview with James C. Sengul

Please introduce yourself, where are you based and where do you photograph wildlife?

My name is James C. Sengul, and I reside in New Jersey, USA. Most of my wildlife photography takes place in the New York and New Jersey areas. Originally from Turkey, I have been living in the US for 25 years. Prior to this, I worked as a sports photographer in Turkey for 15 years.

How did you get started in wildlife photography?

I have been a photographer for over 40 years. My journey into wildlife photography began in 2019, spurred by the onset of the Covid pandemic.

Can you share a particularly memorable experience or encounter you've had while photographing wildlife?

I have countless memorable experiences from photographing wildlife. Once, while searching for a red-tailed hawk, I encountered a leucistic red-tailed hawk, which is exceedingly rare. Wildlife is brimming with beauty and surprises, making each moment unpredictable and thrilling.

Where is your favorite place to photograph wildlife and why?

My favorite place to photograph is the Palisades cliffs in New Jersey, home to the Peregrine Falcons. Known as the fastest birds in the world, Peregrine Falcons can reach speeds of up to 220 mph during their dives. Observing these magnificent birds is a daily lesson in efficiency and grace. Their remarkable way of life is both inspiring and fascinating.

In what ways has your approach to capturing wildlife changed as you've developed your unique artistic vision?

Yes, over the years, I've gained substantial knowledge about animals and their behavior. I believe that the best way to excel in wildlife photography is to learn about the animals you're capturing. This understanding allows you to take better photos without disturbing their natural environment.

How do you enrich your passion of wildlife photography?

I believe love is the simplest answer. The more time I spend with wildlife, the more it thrills me. It's an incredible world. In wildlife, there is no unnecessary drama—mating and hunting are carried out with remarkable efficiency. There's so much we can learn from these creatures. I've also come to realize that we are all part of one big family. Watching species disappear is heart-wrenching. My aim is to capture their beauty while I can, to show future generations that these creatures once existed.

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